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Welcoming a new employee



The process of birthing is the most crucial period in existence. I say in existence because I am not only referring to human birthing, but birthing of all kinds of creatures in general. Just from the start of labour, a female is in her most vulnerable state and proper care needs to be exercised for a healthy offspring to be born.

Just like birthing, how new employees are welcomed into the business is as important.The recruitment process in the business is an ongoing one; time and again new employees are inducted into the company and how they feel and what they see in the first few days of their stay, will forever be true to them. This is because a lot of us believe in first impressions and no matter how much we argue about it, first impressions can either do you good or make you take a turn for the worst.

Welcoming a new employee does not start when the employee sets foot in your organisation, it starts the minute the chosen candidate accepts your employment offer. Communication is a very vital aspect in our daily interactions with one another. Proper communication sets the record straight and leaves no room for assumptions. Contacting the new employee after they have accepted the job offer says a lot about the culture in the company. This contact will be just to welcome the new employee and express your delight in working with them. It can be made either by phone call, email or letter, by the manager the new employee will be reporting to. This may be small and sound tacky, but it will do wonders in the long run.

My belief is, the fact that a post was put out there meant that the company needed someone’s input. Therefore since everyone knows that someone is coming to fill in the vacant post, proper arrangements must be made. Like fixing where the new employee will be stationed. There is nothing frustrating and downright insulting like coming into a station which is not prepared for you, it makes one to feel unappreciated and not really welcomed. A new employee’s station should be well prepared beforehand; computer should be in place and working, network cables attended to, telephone setup and anything else that the new employee might need, like stationery. They should all be there waiting for him/her.

When the new employee reports for his/her first day, although chances are that he will not get to work right away because of meetings with HR, he would however, want to have a feel of the systems. Email account should be created and all the systems and applications the new employee will need, ready for use. Login details for the various programs should be created.

Due to the pressure that, as a manager, one usually has, it is not really easy to be taking the new employee through the daily work that has to be done. It is therefore wise that you assign the new employee a mentor who will guide the new employee through the work and assignments until he becomes more confident. This mentor will be a more experienced employee. The same mentor, along with the manager, is the one who will be doing the rounds introducing the new employee to his colleagues.

Welcoming an employee is more than a handshake and a smile. It is important that a leader takes advantage of the vulnerability and innocence of a new employee and give them the best impressions ever because there is a lot at stake on how new employees are welcomed into the company.

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6 Best Forex Trading Platforms for Botswana Traders




A trading platform is software which is designed to be used for trading purposes. Whether it is the opening, closing, and managing market positions through a broker, which facilitates trades and connects Batswana traders to global markets.

For Batswana traders to get the most and best out of their trading, it is imperative to ensure that traders choose and use a trading platform which will provide the best, most dynamic trading experience and environment.

1.  AvaOptions

This is a proprietary and innovative trading platform developed by AvaTrade, one of the most popular Forex brokers in the industry.

With this trading platform, Batswana traders are provided with complete control over their portfolio. Traders have access to more than 40 Forex pairs and a variety of strategies, spreads, risk reversals, and more.

2.  MetaTrader 4

MetaTrader 4 is one of the most used and popular trading platforms in the industry and offers the trade of Forex amidst other financial instruments.

MetaTrader 4 is free to use on desktop, web, and mobile platforms, and offers traders with a variety of options such as three execution modes, a variety of orders, 30 built-in technical indicators, 24 graphical objects, and more.

3.  MetaTrader 5

MetaTrader 5, an upgrade from MetaTrader 4, is an institutional, multi-asset and multi-functional trading platform.

MetaTrader 5 is free for desktop, web, and mobile use and features MQL5 language, comprehensive price analysis, algorithmic trading options, the ability to open 100 currency or stock charts simultaneously, 80 technical indicators, and more.

4.  cTrader

cTrader is a powerful desktop application which provides Batswana traders with a dynamic, and unique approach towards charting, manual and automatic/algorithmic trading.

cTrader has a user-friendly interface with a community featuring 1000s of indicators, trading robots, and documented educational material in addition to cloud data, 24/7 support, a hi-tech design, and Full STP trading, amidst numerous other functions.

5.  Thinkorswim

Thinkorswim is an innovation of TD Ameritrade which was launched in 2009 and has gained a substantial amount of popularity in recent years.

The trading platform offers traders with access to multiple assets including Forex, options, futures, ETFs, and stocks.

It is a desktop-based platform which offers free research, screening tools, real-time data, and numerous features including access to more than 400 technical studies, 8 Fibonacci tools, the ability to analyse option volumes, strategy back testing capabilities, and more.

6.  ZuluTrade

ZuluTrade is one of the most popular social trading platforms in the industry which is designed for use by all types of traders, from beginners to professionals.

It allows for customization, back testing of strategies, margin call metres, and more. It is one of the most trusted social trading platforms by both brokers and traders alike.

Final Thoughts

It is imperative that Batswana traders get the best from their trading, and to ensure that they are able to refine and improve their trading strategies, trading styles, and other aspects of trading.

It is therefore necessary that Batswana traders make use of the best broker suited for their needs in addition to a top-quality trading platform.

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Gov’t swiftly acts on BMC



Government has moved swiftly to place Botswana Meat Commission under the care of a management firm; the move is meant to put the Commission into shape both operationally and financially.

This was disclosed by Finance and Economic Development Minister, Dr Thapelo Matsheka, further stating the BMC is technically insolvent despite having received nearly P1billion as a bailout in recent times. The new management company will run BMC, which is based in Lobatse starting on the 2020/2021 financial year.

The finance minister made it crystal clear that, the move to appoint a caretaker firm for BMC was made to protect the interests of all stakeholders, including farmers. According to Matsheka, the Minister of Agriculture Development and Food Security, Dr Edwin Dikoloti will provide more details on the BMC changes in due course during his committee of supply speech. Government is also proceeding with the conversion of BMC to a company under the Companies Act following the approval of BMC Transition Bill and subsequent repeal of the old Act.

The repealing of the BMC Act has since eliminated the monopoly of the Commission when it comes to beef and cattle export. The repeal has also enabled government to establish a beef regulator which will be responsible for regulating the beef and the cattle sector. “Another aspect of the transition is the ultimate privatization of BMC.

The objective of the privatization of BMC is, among others, to engage the private sector in the ownership and management of the BMC to achieve operational efficiency and profitability, as well as reduce Government’s future financial commitments in the entity. This would be an important process in the transformation of the beef and cattle sector,” noted Matsheka. BMC which is 100 percent owned by government has been operating with losses for many years due to internal and external challenges such as poor supply and Foot and Mouth Disease(FMD).

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